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Dorothy Eloise Brown Hancock Gnuse
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Birth: Jul. 4, 1920
New Canton
Pike County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 2008
Quincy
Adams County
Illinois, USA

Dorothy Eloise Hancock Gnuse, CAP, age 88, died at 2:25 p.m., Thursday, November 20, in her Quincy, IL home.

The daughter of Carson A. and Bess E. (Siebers) Brown, she was born July 4, 1920 in the rural family home new New Canton, IL.

Mrs. Gnuse graduated from New Canton High School and later studied at Wichita State University becoming a Certified Administrative Professional.

She became the wife of Ralph D. Hancock in Hannibal, MO on November 25, 1942. They moved to Wichita, KS in 1948 where she became Coordinator of Conventions and Tourism with the Wichita Chamber of Commerce. She also worked administratively in the Export Division of Cessna Aircraft Corporation and for many years at the CBS Television Affiliate (KTVH Channel 12) in Wichita. In 1971, following the 1969 death of her husband, she moved to Overland Park, KS to join the executive staff of the International Association of Administrative Professionals as Director of New Chapter Development. In 1986 she finished her business career, retiring from the General Electric Corporation and moving to Quincy.

On February 27, 1987, she married Lorenzo A. Gnuse in St. John's Episcopal Church, Quincy. He survives.

Additional survivors include her son, The Reverend Father James C. Emerson; a daughter-in-law, Beth A Emerson; two granddaughters, Meredith M. Emerson and Courtney J. Emerson, Esq.; two step-daughters, Reve M. Butler (Dr. Dennis)and Julia A. Gnuse; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Roy (Jane) Smith; a brother-in-law, Donald K. Gnuse; six nephews, four nieces; a step-nephew and two step-nieces; and four cousins.

In addition to Mr. Hancock, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Baker C. Brown; and a granddaughter, Brooke E. Emerson.

Mrs. Gnuse served multiple terms as president of chapters of the International Association of Administrative Professionals in both Wichita and Overland Park, KS and was a founder and office of the Mothers' Club of Delta Upsilon Social Fraternity at the University of Missouri. Additionally she was a patron of the Quincy Community Theater and an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church where she served as a member of the Vestry and the Altar Guild, a delegate to Synods of the Diocese of Quincy, President of the Episcopal Church Women, Manager of the Parish Gift Shop, and a volunteer in the St. John's Thrift Shop.

Earlier this month, Dorothy and Lorenzo Gnuse were honored by the resolution of the Synod fo the Diocese of Quincy for their years of service, dedication and loyalty to the Diocese.

Visitation for Dorothy Hancock Gnuse will be in St. John's Episcopal Church, Seventh and Hampshire, Quincy from 3-5 p.m., Sunday, November 23, and from 9 a.m. until the time of services on Monday, November 24.

A Solemn Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated in St. John's Church at 10 a.m., Monday, November 24 with The Right Reverend Keith A. Ackerman, SSC, (retired) the Eighth Bishop of Quincy, presiding. Assisting priests will be the Reverend Father James Derbyshire, Rector of St. John's Church, The Reverend Father Daniel Banner, SSC, Assisting Priest at St. John's, and The Reverend Canon Morgan Ibe, Rector of Trinity Church, Hannibal.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Dennis Butler, Donald K. Gnuse, Charles M. Gnuse, Henry A Geise III, Ellis K. Craig, and George A. Craig II. Burial will be in the Brown Family Cemetery, New Canton, IL
 
 
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 Parents:
  Carson A Brown (1890 - 1975)
  Bess E. Siebers Brown (1897 - 1988)
 
 Spouse:
  Ralph D Hancock (1920 - 1969)*
 
 Sibling:
  Baker Brown (1913 - 1964)**
  Dorothy Eloise Brown Hancock Gnuse (1920 - 2008)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Brown Family Cemetery
New Canton
Pike County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Jonathan Sammons
Record added: Nov 22, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31628933
Dorothy Eloise <i>Brown</i> Hancock Gnuse
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